By Ryan Tate
June 9, 2010
Apple has suffered another embarrassment. A security breach has exposed
iPad owners including dozens of CEOs, military officials, and top
politicians. They.and every other buyer of the cellular-enabled
tablet.could be vulnerable to spam marketing and malicious hacking.
The breach, which comes just weeks after an Apple employee lost an
iPhone prototype in a bar, exposed the most exclusive email list on the
planet, a collection of early-adopter iPad 3G subscribers that includes
thousands of A-listers in finance, politics and media, from New York
Times Co. CEO Janet Robinson to Diane Sawyer of ABC News to film mogul
Harvey Weinstein to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. It even appears that White
House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's information was compromised.
It doesn't stop there. According to the data we were given by the web
security group that exploited vulnerabilities on the AT&T network, we
believe 114,000 user accounts have been compromised, although it's
possible that confidential information about every iPad 3G owner in the
U.S. has been exposed. We contacted Apple for comment but have yet to
hear back. We also reached out to AT&T for comment. [Update: AT&T has
confirmed the breach; an update appears below.] A call to Rahm Emanuel's
office at the White House has not been returned.
The specific information exposed in the breach included subscribers'
email addresses, coupled with an associated ID used to authenticate the
subscriber on AT&T's network, known as the ICC-ID. ICC-ID stands for
integrated circuit card identifier and is used to identify the SIM cards
that associate a mobile device with a particular subscriber.
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